CA SENATE PASSES EXPUNGEMENT BILL

The California Senate passed the third reading of AB-1793: Cannabis convictions: resentencing by a vote of 28 yes to 10 no.  The bill requires the state to proactively identify convictions that are eligible for expungement by July 1, 2019, and for the courts to automatically reduce or dismiss convictions if they are not challenged by the state prosecution by July 1, 2020. The prosecution can challenge the resentencing, dismissal and sealing, or redesignation if the person does not meet the eligibility requirements or presents an unreasonable risk to public safety.